Flathead National Forest
Monahan Fire Update
August 6th, 2017 7:00 P.M.
Incident Commander: Mike Mansson
Summary: The Monahan Fire was reported at approximately 5:30 pm on Sunday July, 16th. The total acreage of the fire on August 6th was 1,895: 353 acres are on the Lolo N.F. and 1,542 acres are on the Flathead N.F. The fire is being managed for resource benefit including allowing the fire to play its natural ecological role with consideration for public and firefighter safety and point protection of historic resources and trail infrastructure. The fire is being managed by the Flathead National Forest, at the Spotted Bear Ranger District office.
Transfer of command will occur from Mike Mansson to Nick Hasty on Monday evening, August 7th, at 2000. Due to the remote location of the fire, limited values at risk, and current fire activity, the incident will continue to be managed as a Type 4 incident.
At 1630 today, Jumbo Lookout reported light winds and very little activity, with light smoke coming from the area near Foolhen Mountain. Increased visibility today allowed more accurate mapping of the fire perimeter. The fire is continuing to clean up pockets within the perimeter.
Planned Actions: Transfer of command to occur Monday evening, August 7th at 2000. Public safety and the safety of agency personnel remain the primary management objectives of the incident. Fire personnel will continue to monitor fire activity. Structure protection plans are in place for the Danaher and Basin Creek cabins on the Flathead N.F., and Burnt Creek cabin on the Lolo N.F.
Resources: This is a Type 4 Incident being managed by the Flathead National Forest fire personnel. There is a Wildland Fire Module from New Mexico assigned to the incident.
Location: The fire started in Township 18 N Range 12 W Section 33. The fire perimeter extends from Monahan Mountain on the Lolo National Forest northeast to Pinnacle Peak and Little Apex Mountain on the Flathead National Forest, with some fire movement into the Calf Creek drainage.
Terrain and Vegetation: Terrain is dominated by moderately timbered/rocky steep slopes. The fire is burning at high elevations in heavy surface fuels, subalpine fir, and a timber/grass understory.
Fire Behavior: Easterly winds allowed more visibility on the fire today. The fire progressed slowly, with continued creeping, smoldering and cleaning up of green pockets within the fire perimeter.
Closures: Effective August 1st, 2017
On the Flathead NF, FS Trails #143, #227, #265, #142, #140, and #144 are closed in their entirety. FS Trail #278 from Limestone Pass to the junction with FS Trail #277 is closed, and FS Trail #126 is closed from the Dry Fork – Flathead Divide to its junction with FS Trail #139.
On the Lolo NF, FS Trails #402 and #414 are closed in their entirety. FS Trail #31 is closed from its junction with FS Trail #414 to its terminus.
Contact: Flathead National Forest, Spotted Bear Ranger Station (406) 758-5376. Hours of Operation 8:00am-4:30pm, 7 days a week. Lolo National Forest, Seeley Lake Ranger Station (406) 677-2233. Hours of operation 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Or contact LoloNFFires2017@gmail.com.